Entry #249

Settlers of Catan Question

2017-03-24 18:29:37 by BoMToons

I'm on Spring Break from school (last week and the coming week) and am helping my friend start a little side-business...

He did a Kickstarter (<-- don't click that link until you've answered the questions below) a while back to sell Aluminum Settlers of Catan pieces that were anodized to your choice of color. They turned out awesome!


They are quite hefty and substantial in your hand and look great in-game.

Anyway, I need YOUR input:

How much would you pay for a base set of these (4 cities, 5 settlements, 15 roads, and a robber) made of aluminum and anodized?

How much would you pay for a "Seafarers" expansion set (4 cities, 5 settlements, 15 roads, a robber, 15 boats, and a pirate) also made of aluminum and anodized?

Just give me your honest opinion on price point!



If you're not sure what "anodizing" is, watch this sweet video:




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2017-03-25 05:51:55

I immediately reacted with $20. It's a figure that a lot of people jump to; it's attainable and it's the next note down from $50.
I have no quantification of how much or how long the pieces cost to make. It's my gut reaction on seeing them.
If they were gold or copper I'd understand the inherent value of the metal, and would pay more. As it is; because you are explaining what anodised aluminium is - well it's then an ask for many. It's not far off explaining a joke. The moment, the customer, has passed.

Seeing the kickstarter price it may be fair and correct yet it wouldn't entice me personally.
Having said that; to get more backers it's worth putting time into the community ity aspect. Launch a second kickstarter, after some customer feedback and love! The more you do pre-launch the more you'll get back.

BoMToons responds:

Thanks for your input!


2017-03-25 12:10:10

Maybe as much as $25, but that would likely be off-putting to the general public who has no idea what the game is like, so I think $20 would probably be an optimum price point. Happily, the card and board game market is still fairly strong, even though the world has moved on into the digital age. Video games will always be decidedly awesome, but they're not always the easiest thing to play together across several generations of friends and family, so straying from the digital realm from time to time can be a good thing. Anyone who struggles to turn on a computer or has poor hand-eye coordination probably wouldn't enjoy a tour of Call of Duty, though at least Mario Kart never seems to be too much of a problem.

Of course, if this particular game grows in popularity, there can always be additions / expansions to the base game, a la Cards Against Humanity (which I love), or even different versions entirely, similar to the marketing scheme for Monopoly (which I don't). All with their own reflective price points, of course. Apparently, the ridiculously affluent enjoy spending tens of thousands of dollars on elite items such as this. Playing upon their desire to show off and appear special is almost certainly an easy windfall. Just saying.

BoMToons responds:

true true, thanks for adding your pov!


2017-03-26 12:57:19

I'd personally say $10 and knowing people that might even be reasonable (might go for as high as 15 or 20 but idk)

(Updated ) BoMToons responds:

A wooden replacement set costs $10, and these are metal, so definitely going to be a lot higher than that.